AMERICAN PATRIOTISM was once again exhibited in full red, white & blue splendor Friday in the Ohio Valley, albeit shrouded by sadness.
Eastern Ohioans paid tribute and their last respects to a fallen hero. Carrollton High School graduate Terry Wright was laid to rest in Flushing's Rock Hill Cemetery.
Wright was a US Marine Lance Corporal. His death is now well-chronicled, as he lost his life serving his country in Afghanistan on Sept. 21.
Wright died a hero and was presented a fitting tribute Friday. It started with a service at his former Carroll County high school, from which he was graduated in 2008.
The elongated procession matriculated its way to Flushing. All the way, streets and roadways featured well-wishers from all over the tri-state area.
On a rainy, work-day afternoon, the village of Flushing personified patriotic spirit as more than 100 people lined the streets en route to the cemetery.
The US Defense Department says the death of the 21-year-old is still under investigation.
Wright's service struck a somber chord in the Ohio?Valley, played out all too frequently throughout the nation.
KUDOS TO John Magistro. The former Bellaire High coaching legend has his Westerville Central charges sitting at an impressive 5-1 following Friday's 26-20 triumph over Marysville.
NOTRE DAME College in South Euclid, Ohio, has hired a former Wheeling Jesuit University star and coach as its new women's head basketball coach. Katie Hine was named to the head post last week. She was head coach the last two seasons at WJU after being an assistant coach from 2007-09. A native of Mentor, Ohio, Hine guided the Lady Cardinals to the semifinals of the 2010 West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament and was an integral part of a program that notched a WJU-women's-team-record 3.45 grade-point average.
HIGH SCHOOL athletics yield many a heart-warming story. Case in point: Tuesday's "Volley For a Cure" volleyball match between Bellaire and Ferry. It is refreshing to see in these times so many people come together for a worthwhile cause. The Purple Riders, Big Reds, their fans, businesses and the general public joined their generous hands together to open their pockets in raising more than $3,000 for Kylie Clark. The 2010 Ferry High grad has waged a courageous battle against cancer. Tuesday's massive show of support is a reflection of what the valley is all about.
I FINALLY had the opportunity to meet one of my favorite singers face-to-face. Joe Zelek and I crossed paths Thursday in the Martins Ferry Subway. He is a down-to-earth and friendly in person, and a budding country music star.
THE NOTRE Dame at Pitt game last weekend was nothing short of a snoozer, as neither team's offense bothered to show up. The pressbox crowd offered much better entertainment. We were fortunate to rub elbows with Mike Golic and Urban Meyer. Golic, a former ND standout and now radio celebrity, said it is much too early to write the Fighting Irish off this year while Meyer is playing the Ohio State rumors close to the vest.
BEALLSVILLE HIGH School knows how to celebrate homecoming in style. The Blue Devils will mark homecoming Friday when Toronto pays a visit. At last report, some 30 former Beallsville Homecoming queens will return for this year's event. Moreover, former Belmont County Sheriff Tom McCort will crown this year's queen. McCort is a Beallsville High graduate.
THE BELLAIRE Chamber of Commerce will be holding a ribbon-cutting on Wednesday 11 a.m. at United Mine Workers of America, 3201 Guernsey St. There will be a short dedication ceremony followed by a public to tour.
IF?SATURDAY'S yawnfest at the Horseshoe is any indication, Luke Fickell's tenure as Ohio State's head football coach will last just one season. The Buckeyes lack the offensive punch to beat the Big?Ten heavyweights that loom down the road. The Bucks may be staring at five or six losses this season. OSU faithful should cling to the hope that?Braxton?Miller develops as the season progresses and he hits the ground running for Urban Meyer next fall.
MONEY TRIVIA: All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of a $5 bill.
Kapral may be reached at bkapral@timesleader online.com